Updated 9:40 a.m. February 17, 2017 to include statement from Dr. Luke's lawyer.
Pop star Kesha is still trying to break free from her contract to Sony and producer Dr. Luke, the man she accused of mentally abusing and raping her. A judge already ruled that the contract is legally binding, but Kesha is still trying to appeal. In court papers filed this week, Kesha's attorney wrote that Kesha wanted to "be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health."
According to Page Six, newly released emails between singer Kesha’s manager Monica Cornia and Dr. Luke seem to back Kesha's claim that Dr. Luke was mentally abusive to her and insensitive about her eating disorder, allegedly claiming he called her a "fat f*cking refrigerator."
For example, in an email reportedly sent from Dr. Luke to Monica Cornia on June 28, 2012, Dr. Luke wrote:
Nobody was calling anybody out. We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. there have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan. this perticular [sic] time — it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast.
In response, Cornia requested that Dr. Luke try to be more supportive, writing that she's “a human and not a machine."
The producer also reportedly wrote in an earlier message, “A list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight.” Wow.
In another exchange, this one in May 2012, Cornia, Kesha, and other managers all discuss a dispute the singer and producer had over lyrics for the song "We R Who We R." Supposedly Dr. Luke wanted to go with the lyric “You see us in the club sip sippin bub,” but Kesha wanted the lyric "You see us in the streets we da we da freaks" because she doesn't go to clubs. Dr. Luke allegedly told Kesha, “I don’t give a s–t what you want. If you were smart you would go in and sing it." DOUBLE WOW. Not cool, dude.
According to Page Six, Kesha and Dr. Luke have a telephone conference with the judge scheduled for next week.
Dr. Luke's lawyer released a statement.
Kesha and her attorneys continue to mislead by refusing to disclose the larger record of evidence showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives which is greatly damaging to them. It also shows the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha's own concerns over her weight.
Rather than agree to a thorough disclosure, Kesha and her representatives improperly publicized, without Court permission, three out-of-context emails which do not present the full picture regarding the events they concern. For example, these emails do not show that the lyrics of "Crazy Kids" were, in fact, rewritten at Kesha's request. Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public-just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in Court.